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Suspense and Supernatural thriller hovers over March with BIG Pictures two films 'Sikandar' and '13B'


First look of both to be released on January 30th January, 2009 with 'Luck By Chance'

Mumbai January 28, 2009: BIG Pictures, the motion pictures brand from Reliance Big Entertainment Ltd, brings two enthralling films back to back this March 2009. The suspense thriller 'Sikandar' starring Parzaan Dastur (of 'Parzania' fame) and Ayesha Kapoor (of 'Black' fame) and the supernatural thriller '13B' starring R. Madhavan and Neetu Chandra, the first look of which would be unveiled with 'Luck By Chance', the directorial debut of Zoya Akhtar asserted to be released worldwide on 30th January, 2009. BIG Pictures has a slate of 18 films for 2009 of which the three films above are planned for release in the first quarter.

Ecstatic about this New Year's slate Rajesh Sawhney, President, Reliance Big Entertainment assured "This year BIG Pictures is bringing a variety of cinematic flavors onto celluloid. Beginning with 'Luck By Chance' based about slice of life from Bollywood, followed by 'Sikandar' and '13B' to hit the theatres this March which will take suspense and thrillers to a whole new level. We have tried to bring in diverse directors, new actors and interesting mix of genres to entice all kinds of audiences in our slate."

'13B', a supernatural thriller is about a middle class youth Manohar and his family living on the 13th floor. The new television show is dissonantly similar to their family and as the show progresses all the happenings in the show takes place in the family too. The film is directed by National Award winning director Vikram K. Kumar. The film has R. Madhavan and Neetu Chandra in the lead roles and Sachin Khedekar, Murali Sharma and Poonam Dhillon as the supporting star cast.

Directed by Piyush Jha 'Sikandar' on the other hand is a suspense thriller. The story of a 14 year old schoolboy Sikander living in Kashmir with his uncle and aunt. One day, on his way home from a school football match, Sikandar finds a gun lying on the path which changes his life forever. 'Sikandar' is a story about friendship, power, loyalty and triumph. Parzaan Dastur takes on the role of Sikandar after his heart wrenching performance in 'Parzania' and IIFA award winner for her exceptional performance in the film 'Black', Ayesha Kapoor plays his conscience keeper. Also has R. Madhavan and Sanjay Suri playing pivotal characters in the film.

After the tremendous response for Ghajini and Rock ON in 2008, this year BIG has 18 films stocked up in seven different languages catering to all sorts of audiences, national and international. BIG Pictures is working with a mix bag of directorial talent range from mavericks like Vidhu Vinod Chopra, David Dhawan, Shyam Bengal, Sudhir Mishra and Madhur Bhandarkar to visionaries like Farhan Akhtar and Abhinay Deo along with a fresh pool of budding talent like Zoya Aktar, Piyush Jha, Vikram.

About:
Reliance Big Entertainment Ltd. (RBEL) (www.rbe.co.in ) is the flagship media and entertainment arm of Indian conglomerate, Reliance Group, (www.relianceada.com) with significant presence in film entertainment (film production, distribution, and exhibition), broadcasting and new media ventures.

With investments over USD 1 billion in its Filmed Entertainment business RBEL's motion picture brand BIG Pictures has built a formidable film production slate in Hindi, English & other Indian languages, which it markets & distributes worldwide. The slate has projects with leading production houses and marquee Indian directors like Vidhu Vinod Chopra, David Dhawan, Indra Kumar, Ravi Chopra, Farhan Akhtar, Sudhir Mishra. Shaji N. Karun, Shyam Benegal, Rituparno Ghosh, Buddhadev Dasgupta, M.S Sathyu & Amol Palekar.

On the Hollywood slate, BIG Pictures has development silos with Nicolas Cage's Saturn Productions, Jim Carrey's JC 23 Entertainment, George Clooney's Smokehouse Productions, Chris Columbus' 1492 Pictures, Tom Hank's Playstone Productions, Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment and Jay Roache's Everyman Pictures.

For press release related queries please contact:
  • Preeti Puri Sharma
    Vice President, PR
    BIG Pictures
  • Joanne D'souza
    BIG Pictures


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